Baby's bath, 1935

 Baby's bath and stand, about 1935 Museum no. MISC.279-1987

This bath tub and stand were made in England in about 1935. It is made from zinc and is covered with blue and  white enamel.

Small tubs suitable for bathing a baby safely have been in use since at least the Middle Ages, but such tubs were really for general washing and laundry purposes. It was not until the late 19th century that the range of equipment for use in childcare started to expand.

Mass production and the introduction of cheaper materials, such as pressed sheet metal instead of handcrafted wood or porcelain, meant that more people could buy such items. This oval baby bath has a stand consisting of two lengths of tubular metal, each bent into a pair of legs.

 

 

 

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